Dill Oyster Crackers

Have you ever heard of oyster crackers? No I am not talking about eating an oyster on top of a cracker with a touch of horseradish and hot sauce but rather a cute little oyster shaped- you guessed it- cracker that is puffy and crispy and the perfect base for a load of seasonings.

No one had to introduce me to an oyster cracker. Eating handfuls of this delicious snack is something I grew up doing and since my college years I have done my share of introducing others to this amazingly simple snack. If you have stuck around my site long enough you have probably heard me speak about my late grandmother Lucy- a.k.a. the Queen Bee! She was known all around town for her oyster crackers. I have seen many recipes for them over the years but not one comes close to her perfection. I am not one to fancy myself with pre-mixed seasoning packets but if you don’t include a packet of ranch salad dressing (powder form) into this recipe then by all means just call it quits- give up while you can! Only Kidding!

Seriously, a mix of ranch dressing, oil, S&P, cayenne and her favorite ingredient-Dill- makes this snack irresistible and the perfect accompaniment to your New Year’s Eve party!

Dill Oyster Crackers
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  • 1 package of oyster crackers
  • 2 TBSP dill
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 packet of ranch salad seasoning mix
  1. Mix the the oil with the seasonings- pour over the crackers and stir nicely to coat all the cracker pieces. Allow to sit for 10 minutes to soak up the seasoning. Bake in the oven at 200 for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool completely before storing in container or ziploc bag.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3-4 cups


  1. Allison @Alli n Son

    My grandma makes the same crackers, they are to die for and highly addicting. I haven’t had them in years, I need to make a batch.

  2. Collette Osuna

    Wow, I havent had an oyster cracker in years!! Looks like another great recipe!

    Hope you are enjoying the Holidays!!

    A Funky Little Fashion Blog

  3. Erica

    I LOVE oyster crackers! I never thought about adding spice to them. Good stuff!!

  4. val

    When I was growing up in New England…every time, I had some Chowda I would load it with oyster cracks!! I LOVE THEM AND I LOVE DILL…You know what this means??? I will be making those for my afternoon snack!! =)

  5. Velva

    My entire life, I have passed oyster crackers in the cookie/cracker aisle. My only pause was to purchase them for soup and stew. It never occurred to me that you could dress these crackers up in style, like you. These do look mighty tasty. Thanks for reminding me that my view of these little crackers were far to narrow.


  6. Meg - [Life of Meg]

    Holy cow… I loved these growing up! Now I’m definitely going to have to make them for NYE!! 🙂

  7. Malli

    Oyster crackers usually are good with soups.. What a great snack idea!! My dear you’ve got me going on a snacking trail and my next stop will definitely be oyster crackers flavored your way:)

  8. Malli

    ….and Thank You for adding me on your Delicious Blog List..I am honored!!

  9. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    Here in New England, if you ask for some crackers at a restaurant…oyster crackers is what you will get. I wish they would give you these great sounding oyster crackers.

  10. Amy

    Have a box in the pantry right now! My kids would love this for a snack, but I think I may have to hide them for the grownups. ; )

  11. Greg

    So easy, and something I’d definitely gobble up!

  12. Pure Complex

    I have heard of oyster crackers you get from the store but not these.. these Dill Oyster Crackers are amazing. Wonderful recipe

  13. jo-lyn@jo-lyn's cup cakes n' candies

    My daughter used to eat these plain all the time. We couldn’t keep them in the cupboard! She loved them, but she seems to have lost her taste for them as a pre-teen/teen. As a 15 year old, I guess her palette is more refined, lol. Now she eats them in the saltine cracker form…a sleeve at a time! I love that kid!

  14. Alea Milham

    These crackers sound wonderful! What a dleicious compliment to any soup! Thank you for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and soul Hop.

  15. Three-Cookies

    That simple. I am sure they are super addictive. I don’t know what oyster crackers are, I guess any regular cracker will do

  16. Veronica's Kitchen

    Flavoured crackers!!! Love it! What a shame that I’ve never seen any salad dressing in powder form selling in our supermarket! 🙁

  17. Shea

    Yummy, I love oyster crackers! It’s so funny–my family used to always make Ranch oyster crackers for New Year’s. I’ll have to try this recipe with the addition of the dill and cayenne–it sounds so good!

  18. Liz

    Oh, yeah, these are addicting! I was introduced to them about 25 years ago…thanks for reminding me of this delicious snack 🙂

  19. Asmita

    These crackers look delicious!

  20. s

    Love this cutie crackers, awesome. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

  21. Elsa

    I have had them! And they look great. My daughter would really love this recipe though. Ranch is one of her favorite snacks.

  22. Vianney Rodriguez

    My uncle LOVES these tiny crackers.. they look amazing.. I need to send him your link!!

  23. Kate

    Mmm, yum! I’ve never made them but I definitely love them. I used to really enjoy them with clam chowder!

  24. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    We grew up snacking on these also. This is a must make recipe like this week!! These look so delicious and herby!!

  25. Michele

    How funny because my friend was just telling me about this recipe for the oyster crackers yesterday. They look awesome!

  26. kitchen flavours

    This sounds wonderful! I have not seen oyster crackers sold around here before! Are these crackers oyster flavoured or it is just their name? Got to keep my eyes open for these. Delicious addition with the dill and seasoning! Sounds really addictive! I bet these would be great done with cheese crackers too! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com}

    You are so smart! I would never have thought plain oyster crackers could be anything other than plain!

  28. yummychunklet

    How fun! I never would’ve thought to season my own crackers like seasoning roasted nuts. Great idea!

  29. kyleen

    Looks delicious! I love how simply adding some spices can make these crackers so much tastier.

  30. sportsglutton

    Brilliant job of taking something simple and making it 10 x better. I love it.

  31. Maris (In Good Taste)

    What a great idea.Wonderful way to spice up a bland cracker!

  32. Ruth

    They look amazing.

  33. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    I grew up with oyster crackers too- they were mainly for floating in oyster stew or other soups, but we’d also grab them to snack on. These seasoned ones look yummy! 🙂

  34. kelli

    I love any kind of cracker so I know this will be a plus considering the great flavor it must have. Love it!
    How are ya surviving with the new addition? Hope yal getting alot of sleep and stya healthy through this winter!

  35. Kristy

    Oh my goodness Jessica! You totally caught me off guard here. My grandma used to make these all the time, and I used to eat them up! I don’t live all that close to her, and now I have this sudden urge to make a batch of these and find the time to go see her. Thank you for the memories. 🙂

  36. sara@domesticallychallenged

    Okay, I won’t make these, but I will enjoy looking at your recipe for them. Does that count?

  37. Sheila Johnson

    These crackers look delicious!

  38. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Oh no, I feel so deprived – we don’t get oyster crackers or ranch dressing here – how sad! I will have to come and visit to share yours.
    Have a Happy New Year.
    How are you – when is your little one due? I have a feeling the little poppet is already here?
    🙂 Mandy

  39. Alexis @ There She Goes

    loooove this recipe! perfect for snacking with a beer…and piled on top of soup! yum!

  40. Linda

    These were always my go to snack for cocktail hour!! A bed and breakfast up North I stayed at frequently always served these as well. Sometimes we forget the most simpliest of all are the best received!! I’ve not made these in so many years that you’re posting them brought back alot of memories and I must make them again!

  41. Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything}

    Love your oyster crackers makeover!
    Happy New Year Jessica! Can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store on your blog!

  42. anthony stemke

    New to me, I must try this.
    We wish you a very Happy New Year.

  43. Suzi

    These crackers look fabulous and would go really well topping up a nice bowl of soup. Thanks for sharing you grandma’s recipe and Happy New Year to you.

  44. lena

    you almost got me, i was actually thinking real oysters sitting on a cracker cos i never heard of this! this must be so good for snacking..for me now!!

  45. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Once in a while I have leftover dill and I don’t know what to do with it. This one seems so easy to make with leftover dill!

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